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How We Did It

Directions were drawn and written by Erin, Age 10

Step 1

Roll a piece of clay into a ball.

Step 2

Turn the clay ball upside down and press your thumbs into the center of the ball to form the shape of a pot.

Step 3

Pinch the edges.

Step 4

Make the head of your doll (person or animal) out of a smaller ball of clay. The eyes can be opened or closed. The mouth should be open so it looks like the character is telling a story and add hair if you like.

Step 5

To attach the head flip over the pinch pot and etch where the head will be placed. Do the same on the head to the place where the head will touch the pinch pot.

Step 6

Make a mixture of clay and water (called slip) and put it on the etched area of both things you will attach. Use a tongue depressor to spread the slip (mixture of clay and water) on both areas.Then put the pieces together and smooth out the areas where the parts meet.

Step 7

To make arms and legs for your doll, roll four tubes of clay (2 fatter ones for the legs and two thinner ones for the arms). Then add shoes, toes or finger markings on the clay if desired. Arms can be placed in several positions. Attach the legs and arms using the same method you used to attach the head in steps 5 and 6.

Step 8

There should be at least 3 or 4 babies on your doll. Shape your babies out of small balls of clay. Add smaller balls of clay for the heads.

Step 9

Attach babies by etching both the baby and the spot on the doll where you will attach the baby. Use the same method you used to attach the head in steps 5 and 6.

Step 10

Storyteller dolls are traditionaly painted the natural colors of the desert, beigh, maroon, white and black.

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